Time to Chill! – How to Balance Work and Summer Vacation?

Wait—what? Has August already started? Stop the time, someone, please! As we are counting the last days of this hellishly hot summer, we better spend the time productively to have something to talk about with our colleagues in the fall. While for some people, the last sentence summarized their entire lives, thousands if not millions still struggle to maintain a healthy balance of work and leisure. During the worldwide pandemic and many nationwide quarantines, our lifestyles got mixed up as we had both to work and spend our free time in the same place. The line separating two different activities was erased, and now it is the perfect time to put it back where it belongs. 

Today we will talk about balancing two things that don’t have much in common – work and vacation! How to balance two different worlds and finally find yourself a harmony? How to get the best of both in completely unlike situations? Let’s look for the key to the healthiest treasure of this century together, shall we?

Spicing Up Your Regular ‘9 to 5’

Pushing all quarantine worries aside, thousands of people in each country and city work in offices. There are two types of offices found everywhere you desire to look – old ones and new ones in today's world. We gave the name of old ones to those office buildings that lack natural light, have all their space divided into closed cabinets, and has a small kitchen as the only lounge area. On the other hand, new office buildings are the complete opposite – with lots of natural light, open layout, and lounge areas for people working there left, right, and centre. Despite noticeable logistical differences, office workers usually work 8 hours a day, five days a week, and has around 20 workdays off for holidays.

The real question is – how people are willing to spend their one month off from monotonous office work? In recent years, it became increasingly popular to have adventurous and active holidays to have an entirely opposite experience than sitting all day and doing nothing. Cycling with a group of friends, kayaking, or driving around Europe in your own car to visit the most beautiful places of the old continent… 

Active holidays are often more fun and much healthier for our bodies than all included seaside resorts with sky blue infinity pools and buffets filled with junk food. Passive holiday whereas more comfortable and less challenging is simply a continuation of the average office lifestyle, not an opportunity to escape the routine. Besides, passive holidays are more expensive than active holidays as the latter can be booked at the very last minute and does not require much preparation. Therefore, we strongly advise everyone wishing to have quality time and escape from work to choose active holidays in nature.

Being Your Own Boss – Kind of…

The pandemic forced many people to physically leave their jobs and work from home. Still, the unexpected changes were not unpleasant for some people. Working remote was a daily routine for thousands of people before the pandemic even began. People who freelance or just work remotely do not experience what it means to spend at least three days a year sitting in traffic jams, making them less nervous and calmer. All their commute to work consists of sitting comfortably at their desk and turning on their personal computer.

Still, even those who work from home or remote also deserve a holiday. Planning their vacation is much easier for them than for people working in the office. Many freelancers do not choose to reside in the city where their actual workplace is located and not even in the same country. Freelancers can afford to travel around the world if they are confident that their destination and vacation plans will not interfere with the quality of their work. While working on an exotic island in the middle of an ocean cannot be called a holiday, remote work is far healthier and more beneficial to our bodies than sitting in the same office cubicle for eleven months. 

If you’re determined to change your life, become a freelancer, or work from home this summer, remember that you’re still working, so you should maintain a regular work routine. Maintaining a balance of resting and working is crucial for your health and the quality of work you do. You will achieve the best results only after a great rest, no matter which corner of the world you decide to rest in. If you have any trouble finding your inner harmony, try our best-selling CBG Oil Drops Raw!

Work Plus Vacation – Mission Possible

The pandemic proved that working from home is far more productive than working from the office; this is confirmed by various studies and statistical surveys. Holidays have also been shown to significantly contribute to employee productivity, and the quality of their work as people return to work rested and with loads of new ideas. Still, companies sometimes cannot do without people in certain positions and are very reluctant to allow them on vacation or to work remotely. As this is becoming an increasingly common problem, we were all recently offered a solution – workation!

As the name suggests, here work is combined with vacation. Imagine going to a resort for a whole month or more instead of a week or only ten days! In the first part of the day, you work remotely, while the second part of the day is meant for your relaxation. However, such a combination requires a popular holiday destination and a comfortable place to work in the hotel where you have decided to stay. Seeing that this way of travelling and working is only gaining popularity every year, many of the best resorts and accommodations are already setting up unique workplaces, open-plan offices, or private office cubicles and renting them out to working travellers. Workation is not only a great way to maintain productivity, but also to relax, and even better, the fact that companies view this combination quite favourably and often contribute financially to such trips of their employees.

Have a great holiday!

Too long, didn’t read? Summer is the best time to have holidays and finally escape from tiring work. However, all people usually have different conditions when planning a holiday. Still, those who seek always find a way to combine work and vacation. No matter your work position, we advise you to prioritise active holidays before passive leisure. It is better for your health and sometimes your wallet to switch from a monotonous work routine to adventures at least once a year!

Interview with Dominyka: Friendship Between Tibetan and Western Medicine

Here at Biomedicanna, we believe that the most remarkable journeys start with taking the smallest steps. Therefore, success in life begins with us and our relationship with our surroundings. We dedicated an entire month of February to encourage everyone to love ourselves and others so that each of us will be able to thrive, feel the best and succeed in every task we do. This month we will invite you to be more attentive to your own needs and build healthy relationships with your own body and the people you care about the most. Stay safe and authentic to yourself!  

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Let’s start the last month of the winter season from our chat with Dominyka. Dominyka Mikstaite is successfully steering her brand artumè, which combines healing methods and practices from both Tibetan and Western Medicine to help people prevent the occurrence of diseases and preserve and nurture longevity and inner happiness. Thanks to Dominyka’s therapy sessions and body procedures, many people have already discovered the harmony of their thoughts and body.

-Dominyka, tell us a bit about yourself and your way of life.

-Several years ago, I started my life project, which is called artumè. I provide direct help to people daily, helping them balance their lives as I have once been taught by Tibetan medicine and its elder practitioners. Guided by Buddhism's wisdom, I listen to what people themselves and their bodies say to me, I take care of them and provide a complex therapy and self-care session. I talk with them about nutritional and psychical procedures, external and emotional practices, which apply to specific personality types and fit their needs. Regardless of each case, I adopt a holistic approach and seek the balance of body, mind, and spirit, but the harmony can only be reached when the person itself wants to improve its wellbeing. 

However, Tibetan medicine is only one side of the coin as in my everyday life I combine such a way of thinking with Western medicine practices. Not long ago, I joined the Lithuanian Association of Massage Therapists. Also, I am about to finish learning how to do medical massages to help rehabilitation patients and those who have not yet heard any medical diagnoses and want to improve their life quality and find their inner peace as the current situation in our country could be majorly improved. I believe that we all are connected and influence each other's decisions and both traditions help me share those clean and intelligent thoughts, that knowledge that runs through me and help people reach their harmony.

-It’s incredible to hear you talk this passionately but, correct me if I am wrong, all this knowledge and passion did not come in the blink of an eye, or it did?

-Oh, definitely! During my childhood years, I was that type of kid who enjoys spending time in nature, feeling the grass and seeing, hearing all the animals. I still call my younger self a gooseberries’ kid - it now seems that I spent all those years wandering in the forests and through meadows. Sadly, once I reached my teen years, the desire to be in the city with other people defeated nature, and I quickly forgot who I was at that time. I was not myself; I did not know who I wanted to be; I was not able to distinguish myself from the others, nor I was able to truly listen to what my body and mind have to say and even if I heard them, I was ignoring all those alert messages – those were dark times for me. At this challenging time, I discovered books about the human subconscious, I was amazed by what I read, but I held all those impulses and thoughts for myself not daring to share with anyone else especially my friends.

‘What could be better than to live surrounded by nature, wake up in the morning from the chirping of birds, after a sweet sleep drink a glass of warm water and humbly go for a swim in the lake or river, all at 5 o’clock in the morning?’

After finishing high school, I moved to the capital city to study, - difficulties hit me once again; only this time, they were more powerful and affected me more deeply. I soon developed specific symptoms that led to me being diagnosed with mental disorders. Of course, I tried to help myself by turning to Western medicine practices, but they were not much of a help and only made me feel better for a short time. Pills and medicine helped me, but I felt like I was missing something – I missed out conversations and could not freely talk about what I am going through at that time. Those mental issues are even harder to overcome for young persons who still have not yet figured themselves out if they have no one to talk to freely. Therefore, I started asking myself what was wrong, why those symptoms left that much of a footprint on my personality and wellbeing. I started digging deeper and found out about Buddhism, Tibetan medicine, and holistic approach towards a human being which made me realize that Western medicine is beneficial, yet it is not enough. 

-Were those experiences the main reason you now have a different relationship with yourself and happier every day?

- Well, yes. Buddhism and Tibetan medicine encourage everyone to find their law of causes and consequences – it means finding reasons why you experience something and improving the situation by removing those triggers from the equation. It involves being close to, listening to and loving yourself. I think that loving yourself has many different components but only two phases or expressions, one which resonates with mom loving her kids. Another one is something equal to dad teaching his kids necessary life skills. The 'mommy love' means altruistically accepting your true self no matter what – just like the mother accepts the children, and unconditionally loves them. The 'daddy love' means being able to look for self-favourable solutions, ability to adapt and live life to the fullest. 

Loving yourself means that the two inseparable – creative and logical – potentials teach you how to listen to your body, feelings, subsequent thoughts, and emotions. When one of them is lost or too powerful, we lose the balance, harmony, and it seems like everything we have created till now is falling apart. Likewise, we do not need to hold them too tightly in our clenched fists – we need to ask ourselves what those potentials are trying to tell us. Usually, they reveal unpleasant emotions and help us understand that acknowledging them is the first step towards solving them; therefore, they are paving our way towards a pleasant, joyful and healthy life for us. 

-How loving yourself is different from loving others, creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with them?

-Loving others is mostly influenced by loving yourself. When we listen to ourselves, improve on various value, self-love, and harmony levels, we naturally grow those love fruits and can share them with others, with people who need them. In any case, we strongly influence each other; however, the most important thing is to purify those aspects yourself first. Loving others is far less intimate than loving yourself, but the trick here is to leave enough room for the other person and ourselves to grow and make personal decisions. 

-Do the same words apply and describe your relationship with the people you help?

-Yes, if they would not, I probably would not even be here. artumè means being close to others and ourselves first; therefore, my lifestyle is intertwined with my professional path. Even though helping others means being responsible, I love to live a vibrant life and experience some positive changes from time to time. I love not having to count my life ‘Monday-to-Friday’. I am happy I once seek complicated answers as they allowed me to connect with others. All people that one moment or another was in my path have created me as I am today. 

When I help others create themselves, I give my all and leave egoistic emotions behind. There is a person in front of me who is lost – with my hands, I help them find the right places for different pieces of their soul, mind, and body. I help them feel safe; I thank them for trusting me to lead them into an intimate journey called self-acceptance, love, health, happiness. I once experienced the same emotions, and tried to answer the same questions they are dealing with today – as I have a right to choose, I choose to give others pleasure, leading to deep self-knowledge. I am not planning to stop my mission or suppress my passion; I hear my clients saying those body procedures have a calming effect on them, lead them to harmonious life, and create a safe space to fall back to themselves. It would be unwise to stop, so the only way is to go forward.

-Tell us, what methods did you once use to help yourself which you use now to help others?

-I can only help the other person if he or she is willing to experience some changes. At first, I ask the person I will consult to make sure they have at least several hours of free time and do not rush anywhere as those factors can put an entire process at risk of failure. Once we met in person or online, we drink herbal tea – from natural dried herbs I picked myself – and talk about their feelings, emotions, and the signals their body is sending them. After that, we begin more serious work with a person’s body and massage muscles. One like to call it massage, for others, it is a body procedure, but for me, that is a general re-alignment of the whole organism. 

After the therapy, me and a person I just helped stay to discuss new, emerging emotions and feelings. I also give them some herbal teas, hydrolats and phytol to use at home – when smells and tastes person experienced during the therapy, visits him or her at home. It allows them to rewind the time and go back to that exact moment even if I am not beside them.

-What are the most important tips you give to the people you help? Can you share them with our readers?

-I am one of those people who must try everything themselves before recommending it to others. Even though my dynamic personality does not allow me to stick to the same practices for long periods, some wellbeing rules must never be changed by anyone. Nature, sun and water are those three things that helped people improve their energy levels and general wellbeing for ages. However, one of the most constant nature’s principles is that nature cannot be called constant. Both Western and Tibetan medicine traditions say that seasons are critical for us to ensure health. We must be aware of seasonal changes and change our everyday practices accordingly. 

As we live in a colder climate, we need to consume fatter and warmer foods, which would generate more energy and not let us get cold. Our all meals must be followed by a glass of warm water, to which we may add some honey or ginger – this mix allows us to maintain a healthier and more balanced metabolite system, stomach especially. Various beverages also help to increase our memory and brain functions. 

Besides, during the winter season, we lack sunshine; thus, we lack vitamin D, we get tired more quickly and experience some severe mood swings. Sauna and massages with warm oil work together perfectly to relax and calm the central nervous system, improve the immune system and ensure that all other organs and bodily systems work continuously and up to speed. Of course, do not forget to dress for the weather and wear your scarf, hat, mittens, and warm socks during winter. 

Nature is one of the most significant additions – even the shortest walk in a park improves health as it improves cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Being in nature allows us to breathe more freely and supplies the brain with more oxygen; therefore, after spending our time in the fresh air, we feel relaxed and have plenty of great ideas.

We must also not forget to sleep! Getting around ten hours of sleep is useless if we sleep at the wrong time; each night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is the best time to sleep as it is when the hormones responsible for our growth regenerate. Try meeting your sleeping schedule by getting around eight hours of sleep – you will instantly feel better, stronger, less stressed, and have more energy to take care of ourselves and the others.

-Thank you, we are more than glad that you agreed to share your experiences and knowledge with our readers. 


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